Pars­ley and Sweet Peas

Galston, Glenorie and Hills Rural News - - Community News - By Mary at Her­itage Haven

Un­be­liev­able down­pours of rain have re­cently buf­feted our lit­tle house on the hill. Gum­boots have be­come es­sen­tial wear for pad­dling across knee-high, grassy fields . These morn­ings be­gin for me with a quick pad­dle down to the chicken pen … nibbling and sniff­ing herbs en route.

Re­cent rainy weather has pro­duced a plethora of dark-green pars­ley rosettes and has surged ahead to “favourite herb” sta­tus. Pars­ley va­ri­eties, es­pe­cially the flat Ital­ian, or the mild, triple-curled Pars­ley, have self-sown in­dis­crim­i­nately. The cleans­ing taste of plain leaf pars­ley can eas­ily be­come an es­sen­tial start to each day … sim­ply, nib­ble as you go and de­light in an en­joy­able vi­ta­min C lift and its re­mark­able flavour. Curly pars­ley has a milder fla­vor and is a smaller plant … but, both va­ri­eties of pars­ley are bi­en­nial and their mild stim­u­lat­ing taste pro­vokes a won­der­ful ad­di­tion… or is it ad­dic­tion … to my herb gar­den .

This morn­ing, the Lit­tle Wat­tlebirds are swerv­ing and twist­ing ex­cit­edly through the tow­er­ing Gingko tree, whose leaves are shaped like de­light­fully en­larged “maid­en­hair fern” leaves. The birds nois­ily guard their feed­ing ter­ri­tory here to­day with harsh, rau­cous calls as they feast on the mag­nif­i­cent flush of orange Ta­coma blos­soms.

Our thoughts now turn to an­other gar­den chore. Tra­di­tion­ally St. Pa­trick’s Day, 17th March, is the time to plant sweet peas in a sunny plot of earth, how­ever, dear Mol­lie, pro­claims with some author­ity, that An­zac Day, 25th April is some­times a bet­ter choice in Aussie Land. To pre­vent dis­agree­ment, Mol­lie al­ways plants peas on both days to achieve a truly boun­ti­ful, sweet pea-filled, sum­mer gar­den.

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